• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Vuna Valley Ventures
This Port Edward backpackers is elegantly at one with nature. A lovely stop.
(Port Edward,South Coast)

Asante Caravans and Camping
Give your inner gypsy a caravan to play in.And meet Billy the bull and his menagerie.
(Wilderness,Garden Route)

Bushbaby Lodge
This Hluhluwe backpackers is conveniently situated for easy access to Hluhluwe/iMfolozi park.
(Hluhluwe,Zululand)

Acacia Africa
Small group tours 4-days to 3-weeks
(Cape Town Suburbs,Cape Town)

The Old Gaol Backpackers
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Park House Lodge and Travel Centre
This Mossel Bay backpackers is located in a spacious 130 year old stone homestead with some wonderful woodwork and some stunning artwork.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

Hazy Park Lodge
Hazy Park Lodge offers self-catering chalets and a caravan park within easy reach of Kruger Park’s Phabeni and Numbi Gates, and the Blyde River Canyon.
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Sondzela Backpackers
This Swaziland backpackers is located in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and offers an incredible African experience.
(MbabaneSwazi,Swaziland)

HotSpots2C
The perfect backpcker adventure in Cape Town....
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)

Mad Hatters Backpackers
Go crazy at this new backpackers near Port St johns.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)